Finding Figaro (2020) Review

After a night at the Opera, Mille Cantwell who was working as a fund manager with a fantastic opportunity and future decides that she is about to embark on a dream she has never even told anyone about. Becoming an opera singer, leaving her life in London to go to Scotland in an attempt to make it her reality.


Finding Figaro is an absolute joy and hidden gem of a film as it has so many lovely and inspiring moments. Considering I had not even heard of it until it appeared on Netflix and seeing the trailer I instantly knew that I would have to watch it, and had hoped that I would then like it. I actually found myself loving it!

Mille Cantwell is everyone right? Having the courage to give up not only her job but a better and new role (along with more money) to chase her ultimate dream. Without much support at all, especially from her boyfriend Charlie who pretty much laughs at her when she admits what her dream is. Moving from London to the highlands of Scotland was never going to be easy but she wanted to work with the best opera teacher in Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop.

Staying in a pub ran by Ramsay Macfadyen who offers a lot of support and will help keep Millie on the right path (mostly) with the rules Meghan puts in place. Meeting Max Thistlewaite who works in the pub and also been singing Opera for four/five years and dreams of winning the prestigious competition that Millie will be involved in. Although I don’t imagine some of it is as straightforward as it seems in this film. The methods used were quite brutal at times though, but being a success costs right?

Surely leaning to sing opera is one of the toughest types of music you could possibly learn? I cannot sing at all so always find anything surrounding singing and learning to be rather incredible. Joanna Lumley utterly owns everything about this film and two of the stars I have given it are totally for her! What an incredible character and performance from the comedic legend, she is utterly on another level here. I feel I am at the point where any British film set in Scotland must have Gary Lewis and it constantly reminds me of his role as Billy Elliot’s dad (don’t we often link an actor to the first role you remember seeing them in). Danielle Macdonald is a joy, once again and has really pushed across different types of roles so far in her career and I throughly enjoy everything about the direction she keeps taking her career.

This film won’t be for everyone but it is certainly one of the best romantic comedies I have watched in the past couple of years, especially when it doesn’t massive push the romance and feels a little bit more real when parts of it don’t follow the usual expected formula. Plus seeing Scotland on film is always an added bonus isn’t it!

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